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by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

I'm sure if Alexa had been asked to play Paul McCartney singing "Michelle" she would have had no difficulty finding it. Classical music "nomenclature" is more complicated. I discovered this when I got my first iPod and started "ripping" my CD collection to iTunes. During the process, iTunes typicall...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 2958

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I'm not quite sure what the implications of this development are for me. I have probably never purchased more than a half dozen "songs" (can we call them tracks?) from iTunes. I did the use the iTunes app on my PC to rip hundreds of my own CDs, which files I then copied to my iPod. I assume I will s...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 06, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’

Well, Mr. Volle's performance sounds like something to look forward to.

Our Ring Cycle starts tonight.
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Flex Subscription!
Replies: 4
Views: 2923

Re: Met Opera Flex Subscription!

I'm not sure that is very different from having a regular subscription. When I renew my subscription I can request exchanges for other performances at no extra charge (in the past it could only be done in late summer and there was a fee for exchanges). Last time I renewed our subscription I requeste...
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera’s New Season
Replies: 2
Views: 2334

Re: The Met Opera’s New Season

We have been Met subscribers (Monday nights) for many years. I recently learned that the house was going to be dark on many Monday nights this season because more performances were being scheduled for Sunday afternoons. I was surprised to learn yesterday that we still have a subscription, although w...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4863

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

There's a documentary, too, about Trifonov available through MediciTV and in that program Sergei Babayan talks about "the Triff" and how he has a tendency to look at his hands as he's playing. Babayan was his teacher at Curtis and he tells how Trifonov fanatically tried to change his keyboard watch...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 10935

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

And now for something completely different . . .

by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas Review
Replies: 6
Views: 2654

Re: Pelleas Review

While I am very fond of Debussy's music I have never been able to appreciate his only opera. The fault, I'm sure, is mine because professional musicians and knowledgeable music lovers hold the work in such high esteem. I'm not exactly sure what my blind spot is, but I think it is the dramatic elemen...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 6983

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Here's a problem I've been wrestling with. Back in the 1960s my aunt gave our family a set of World Book Encyclopedias that occupies one shelf of a bookcase. A second shelf is filled with the annual supplements. A third shelf is filled with the annual issues summarizing recent scientific development...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 6983

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Other items that I have in abundance are VHS video cassettes and reels of audio tape. For years I recorded broadcasts of British shows that appeared on our local public television station--adaptations of literary classics, documentaries, comedies, and lots and lots of mysteries. I recently filled si...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 6983

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

My wife and I definitely have too much stuff. I have spent the past several months trying to empty out our house before undertaking a total renovation. Looking back on 35 years in the same residence I can see that we held onto our stuff much too long. I think people have varying "relationships" with...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 3759

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I was struck by the fact that Andris Nelsons was the busiest conductor of the lot with 121 performances, 30 percent more than the runner-up (Valery Gergiev with 93). It's true that he is music director of two major orchestras, but one has to wonder how he manages it all. He was very active in last s...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger
Replies: 5
Views: 2326

Re: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger

I attended the prima on New Year's Eve and, as Tommasini reports, it was an exciting performance. If the Met could field a cast like this one most evenings, they would have no trouble selling more tickets.
by Beckmesser
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing
Replies: 9
Views: 3784

Re: Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing

By an accident of Fate we happen to have tickets for the Met's New Year's Eve gala when the curtain will go up on a new production of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. They came with our Monday 3 subscription. Looking at my email today, I was surprised to find an o...
by Beckmesser
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 14906

Re: Speculations

Apropos of this discussion, the following article appeared in today's New York Times:

There’s More Religion Than You Think in Bach’s ‘Brandenburgs’
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I just looked up the Wikipedia article on Hanon and discovered this paragraph: Piano students all over the world know of Hanon’s famous training exercises. Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Josef Lhévinne claimed Hanon to be the secret of why the Russian piano school delivered an explosion of virtuosi in...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I've read through the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto a few times and I didn't find it especially difficult. I suppose it had just the right degree of difficulty for the composer's son who was presumably an advanced piano student at the time. Many pianists will recognize that the concerto contain...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Alfred Hubay RIP

Regarding the "vanishing" audience, I have a theory, but no data to prove it. With World War II there was a large influx of refugees to New York City fleeing from the Nazis. By and large, it was a well-educated and cultured population. They knew and loved classical music and opera in Europe and they...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Alfred Hubay RIP

After the move, Mr. Hubay relinquished the house manager job . . . and concentrated on the box office. It was a different time; shows and schedules were not announced far in advance as they are today. “We would announce two weeks in advance for individual ticket sales,” he said of the practice he i...
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 5090

Re: Which streaming service?

I had planned to pose this question myself, so I'm glad to see that Len has done so. I spoke with a friend recently who said he wondered why he was buying CDs when he can enjoy a lot more music with a streaming service. My friend chose Apple music. I might have considered that option until I read th...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 3497

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

Every now and then I'm blocked from viewing a clip, told that I don't have permission. More often than that, my friends in Sweden can't view a clip that I've seen and sent them the link. Whether these are Content ID in operation or some other system, I don't know. It does suggest that viewers in Eu...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 3497

Does Content ID work for classical music?

A few years ago, a poster on another forum that I follow was complaining about YouTube. It seems his son, a high-school student, had posted a video of himself performing a Beethoven piano sonata. YouTube took it down, claiming that it was a copyrighted performance, presumably owned by a record label...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 4141

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

Crutchfield is still selling car CD players.
by Beckmesser
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 6761

Re: Cassettes

I'm in the process of cleaning out the acquisitions of 35 years living in the same house, among them the audio and VHS cassettes. I assumed that the best of the audio cassettes have already been issued as CDs and had no qualms about consigning them to the rubbish bin. I never felt any special fondne...
by Beckmesser
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library
Replies: 4
Views: 1805

Re: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library

What a fascinating experiment-won't listen to it until we get home from nyc because the sound from a tablet is pretty lousy-great that the NYPerforming Arts Library was involved in this! Len https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/arts/music/met-opera-beczala-recording-edison.html?rref=collection%2Fspot...
by Beckmesser
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cosi Coney
Replies: 5
Views: 1456

Re: Cosi Coney

The Met's publicity photo gave me an idea for a game.

Presented with a series of photographs of "modern" (Eurotrash, if you will) opera productions, your challenge would be to identify the operas.

Good luck!!
by Beckmesser
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 6214

Re: Met's new season announced

A friend took this pic, just two minutes prior to the chandeliers going up, at last night's Semiramide with Meade, DeShong, Camarena, and Abdrazakov. https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28576408_920102101485021_180645991197873950_n.jpg?oh=dd0f32ce6bec7ce48e601dcaeabf696c&oe=5B3AFED9 I sus...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 6214

Re: Met's new season announced

I found a fat envelope from the Met in our mailbox this afternoon. It's always a bit of surprise to see which operas make up our subscription for the new season. The only surprise this year is that we have tickets for the New Year's Eve Gala (the prima of a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur with ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

Re: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances

I was at the new production of Tosca last night and it was my impression that the audience loved it. I can understand why critics want to see something new or different instead of the "same old, same old" but much of the audience seems to prefer opera as a "museum." John is right in arguing that it'...
by Beckmesser
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History
Replies: 7
Views: 1771

Re: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

John F wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:09 pm
I saw "Tristan und Isolde" with Birgit Nilsson in her house debut
Well, that must have been a night to remember!

I recall reading the "front page" news accounts of her auspicious New York debut.
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 4093

Re: Was This Secular Music:

When my wife and I got married in Dwight Chapel at Yale (oh so many years ago) an organist friend of mine in the School of Music supplied the music as his gift to us. Before the ceremony he played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F Major (which sounded marvelous on the chapel's baroque-style organ). For ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exterminating Angel HD
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

Re: Exterminating Angel HD

I caught the HD this past Sunday. I was not moved. And judging by the unusually tepid response of the other attendees (the theater was quite full) they weren't either. It's been decades since I saw the Buñuel film on which the opera is based so I can't recall what impression it left on me. Perhaps t...
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 3955

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

Tilson Thomas appears at Tanglewood every few seasons. I hope he will continue those appearances now that he will have more time on his hands.
by Beckmesser
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guide For Exterminating Angel
Replies: 7
Views: 1861

Re: Guide For Exterminating Angel

“sumptuously savage”

“dissonant restlessness”

“pervasive anxiety”

“textures are as clotted as mud pits”

“an astringent harmonic language spiked with thick, piercing chords”

Sounds like the sort of music that would have me rushing for the exit. I think I will pass on it.
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 2815

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

Mrs. Nelsons was the soloist in this weekend's performance of Mahler's Fourth at Tanglewood. I attended the rehearsal expecting to hear the whole symphony. All we got was the fourth movement. Her voice was totally inappropriate for this music. I was more than disappointed that we got only half a reh...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 3103

Re: Daniil Trifonov

As it happens, I will be seeing him tonight at Tanglewood in a program of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

I saw him a couple of years ago and I was impressed. I wasn't close enough to see him sweat.
by Beckmesser
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 12
Views: 3797

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

In the case of Ravel, I have heard the possible explanation that he suffered from dementia. Not sure whether it is true. Click here and Click here. Sibelius, I believe, was an alcoholic although I don't know why that would necessarily inhibit his creativity. Ives had a day job--selling insurance.
by Beckmesser
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

Re: Philip Gossett

"When Mr. Gossett set out to study Italian opera, he later recalled, it was not considered an entirely reputable field by his fellow musicologists, who dismissed it, he said, as “banal tunes over oompah-pah accompaniments.” Gee, that pretty much sums up my opinion about a lot of bel canto opera and...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 15, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Rosenkavalier
Replies: 2
Views: 1210

Re: Today's HD Rosenkavalier

PS-the conductor Sebastien Weigle looks uncannily like former FBI director Comey! :lol: Amazing! I had exactly the same reaction, Len. Just to add: I thought this was one of the most memorable HD performances I have seen. The entire cast was superb. And then there was the emotional impact of Flemin...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

So have I. Usually I have no excuse, but one evening when I desperately wanted to stay awake and alert, I couldn't help it - jet lag. My mother and I had just arrived from the U.S. and that evening was "Die Walkure": Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Gottlob Frick, Hans Hotter, and Hilde...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 03, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

I sympathize with Mr. Roker. I have often fallen asleep at the opera. Back when I was working (and also suffering from insomnia) I found it extremely easy to settle into my seat at the Met and, overwhelmed with tiredness and the warm, stuffy air, slip into the arms of Morpheus. On some rare occasion...
by Beckmesser
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 7330

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Beckmesser
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 7330

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Beckmesser
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 7330

Re: Where is everybody?

For one reason or another I have missed all the concerts to date in the excellent artist series at Union College in Schenectady (first-rate artists and tickets are only $25!). I recently renewed our subscription to the Met and am looking forward to the new production of Der Rosenkavalier this spring...
by Beckmesser
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 9
Views: 5139

Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

VOTE EARLY; VOTE OFTEN.
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts
Replies: 16
Views: 2766

Re: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts

What's appalling is that the amount of money involved is an insignificant percentage of the federal budget. There is probably more waste in the Defense Department in a single day than the amount involved here in a single year. Obviously these agencies have been on the hit list of conservative politi...
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 3703

Re: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP

I grew up in Minnesota during the 1950s-1960s and I remember Skrowaczewski. He sometimes brought the orchestra (it was called the Minneapolis Symphony in those days) to my hometown. I also lived in Minneapolis for a couple of years and attended many concerts there. I don't recall anything about the ...
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: INVOLUNTARY NOISE POLICY
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: INVOLUNTARY NOISE POLICY

The only noise I have experienced from a disabled person at a concert is the high-pitched squeal caused by feedback to their hearing aid which the wearer presumably cannot hear. Sometimes it can go on for several minutes until they are made aware of the problem.
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Met season for 2017-18
Replies: 15
Views: 3376

Re: NYTimes article on Met season for 2017-18

For those who want more detail, the Met's press release is here: http://www.metopera.org/About/Press-Releases/2017-18Season/ For me it's nearly all ho-hum, I'm afraid. The Met, or possibly the operatic world in general, is at a low ebb for important singers, and is making do with a lot of second-ra...